A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
A boy and girl face the challenge of the world's last frontier
A teenage girl and her young brother are stranded in the Australian outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Aborigine on "walkabout": a ritualistic banishment from his tribe
Nicolas Roeg is fast becoming one of my favorite directors. Granted, I've only digested three of his films so far, and I understand that his quality declines quite drastically later in his career (otherwise, I would have expected him to be one of the all-time greats instead of just respected yet rarely talked about), but he has yet to take a misstep in my book. Not only are the films of his I've watched commendable, they are truly excellent. From his mastery of the thriller/horror in Don't Look Now to the daring experimental sci-fi of The Man Who Fell To Earth, I've now been lucky enough to catch the beautiful, perhaps even 'Malickian' nature odyssey of Walkabout.
Walkabout, above all,…
I often talk about how I cherish the rare and unique opportunity to experience a film through pure, unbiased eyes, having never seen a trailer or a clip, with no knowledge of even a basic premise to get me started before sitting down and pressing play. Such was my approach to the 1971 Australian movie Walkabout, as I literally only knew the name of the director and the fact that it was deemed worthy of inclusion to the Criterion collection.
I wanted Nicolas Roeg to tell me a story, to paint something extraordinary with his highly regarded brush that, despite his expansive filmography, I had never witnessed in action before.
The film starts with various shots of crowded,…
Film #4 of my Journey of July Scavenger Hunt
Task #7 - A movie about hiking, walking, etc.
In what other movie will you see intercutting of full female frontal nudity and the clubbing and slaughter of a kangaroo? None other than Walkabout my friends. This is part existential journey, National Geographic show, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Picnic at Hanging Rock, anti-consumerism and destruction of the Aboriginal habitat, outback survival, Horrorporn, Soviet montage, spiritualism, cultureclash, fucking everything. This movie is so dense I couldn’t even think of where to start.
Lets just say that Australia is beautiful. Its absolutely beautiful, but I also never in my life ever, and I mean seriously never, ever want to visit. This is mostly because…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"I don't suppose it matters which way we go..."
Nicholas Roeg's 1971 film Walkabout is so dizzying in it's sheer beauty, that one tends to get just as lost in it's Australian landscape and vistas as our protagonists, and it's through Nic Roeg's innovative editing and cinematography that we witness a teenage schoolgirl and her little brother become one with the landscape, as if nature is devouring the foreign objects that enter into its realm (symbolised by their picnic food being consumed by ants).
Edward Bond's 14 page screenplay, which is loosely based on the novel 'Walkabout' by James Vance Marshall, is apparently quite a step away from the novel in it's cinematic form. Roeg infuses the film with layers…
The near silent opening of the film contrasts the concrete hell of the city set against the wise open spaces of the Australian outback. It is not until we are in the car with the girl, her younger brother and father that we have a clear understanding of where exactly we are. The montage of scenes before that converge together in surreal motion, the power of the images alone enough to inform you of the films psychology.
Nicolas Roeg's film was seemingly lost, then resurrected in full and appears to slowly be finding an audience at last. Its themes are simple yet wonderfully effective. Roeg looks at the industrialisation of the world and the ongoing battle against nature, always waiting…
While I haven't quite successfully fallen head-over-heels in love with any of Nicolas Roeg's individual films yet, the one thing that I have consistently loved is that he has a very creative sense of style. His unique photography and editing manage to oscillate between serenely beautiful and roughly jarring, a technical range not many filmmakers are capable of. He also consistently succeeds in pushing the boundaries of the cinematic medium, contrasting images and forcing us to draw our own conclusions from them.
This continues in Walkabout. Roeg crosscuts between the death of a kangaroo in the wild and a butcher chopping meat in his shop. He layers images on top of each other as if in a dissolve, but instead…
un marciano como Nicolas Roeg explora la pureza de una tierra virgen, la cámara se contagia de su pasión y el espectador siente como su alma se purifica ante tanta belleza. Y por si fuera poco, también está Jenny Agutter en todo su esplendor. Bálsamo audiovisual.
فوق العاده .توی هیچ فیلمی این رابطه ای که روی بین انسان و طبیعت به تصویر میکشه ندیدم.وایی.خیلی فوق العاده بود.باید یه بار دیگه ببینمش.تنها یه اشکال پیدا کردم که شاید در بازبینی اینطور نباشه
Like Ted Kotcheff's "Wake in Fright" (released the same year), "Walkabout" is a fascinating portrait of Australia by a non-Australian.
Nicolas Roeg's style is certainly captivating, employing his unique methods of cross-cutting and montage, but there remains a mystery at the heart of his story that even his wild juxtaposition of such images and sounds cannot make complete sense of. This is the point.
"Walkabout" is about nature: that of the Australian Outback landscape and that of our inner nature. It is a story not only of coming of age, but of colonisation, civilisation and communication between cultures. It is hypnotic, haunting, hallucinogenic and utterly unforgettable.
As usual, Roger Ebert was able to articulate this a lot better than I can, so be sure to also read his very insightful review: www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-walkabout-1971
Disclaimer: Throughout 2016 and beyond, I will be going through selected works from a director's filmography on a month by month basis. I will be specifically spotlighting directors who's work I've somehow never had the privilege of sampling until now. The lone requirement is that the director in question must be either retired/semi-retired or deceased. Month #8 will focus on Nicolas Roeg, beginning with the British director's journey deep into the heart of the Australian outback...
John Meillon won't be winning any father of the year awards any time soon let me tell you. Years before he became Paul Hogan's most trusted confidant in "Crocodile" Dundee, Meillon was firing a gun towards his own children before eventually turning the gun…
This is a coming-of-age survival story mixed with scenes seemingly straight out of a nature documentary about the Australian Outback. The combination somehow makes for a very compelling film. Nicolas Roeg's experience as a cinematographer shines through not only in the beautifully shot landscapes, but also in the unique imagery scattered throughout. This is easily a standout of Australian cinema.
Watching Walkabout again, I'm amazed that the greatest thing about this movie is how unfocused it was... It jungles thousands of themes, but does it so courageously that You can't help but cheer for it. For a first movie, Nicholas Roeg tried every bold idea that he could and reedit them, sometimes clumsily, into a beautiful movie, one of the greatest ever made.
Walkabout is the story of two kids trying to survive the outback after their own dad fails his murder-suicide plan... at least the murder part.
This is one of those movies rich into meaning from the symbolic wall images of civilized society to the post-apocalypse like relics of an abandoned mined field, from the contrast of animal…
Difficult one to comment on, as it is not as simple as it may seem.
A highly sexual film where the camera let's you know the mood; long lens on mini skirt on vagina like tree branches on the Aboriginsl kid's intimate areas. There's a weird editing which makes one think whether reality is that of Dream Time or whether it happened off camera.
This is not a marriage of civilizations, the middle class whites stay middle class white. Not even the harsh ending is enough to shake the girl into caring about the Aboriginal.
A very interesting film where nature is violent and everything eats everything.
Watched in Janaury 2011
After a montage of cityscape life; bustling streets, schools, etc we are suddenly, inexplicably in the outback with the father and his two children seemingly about to have a picnic. The father acts strangely then violently and suddenly the children are left alone in the vastness of the Australian outback. The girl is the older and take control leading the young brother away from the scene of misery and they venture into the unknown.
From here the two encounter the diversity that is Australia, soaring mountains, sweeping deserts and oasis of lush vegetation. Abundant with wildlife; frilled lizards, kangaroos, budgerigars, wombats are some of the ones they encounter. Still dressed in their smart public school clothes,…
If you were to ask me why I loved this film I really wouldn't be able to put it into words.
Uhhh. Yeah. This was really good. Lots of layers to the film.
That's all I got. I loved it.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…